Friday, October 28, 2016

Mae West: Loose Morals

In September 1934, MAE WEST sat down for a series of "Me and My Past" talks with the United Press syndicated reporter Leicester Wagner.  We will post excerpts from Chapter #1 in several installments.  This is excerpt eee, which ends this segment.
• • "Me and My Past" by Mae West • •
• • As Told to Leicester Wagner United Press Staff Correspondent • •
• • Forty-six million people • • 
• • Forty-six million people have seen them so far, and you certainly aren't going to find that many people paying good money to be offended.  I'm just different. And I know the value of a good laugh.
• • As to morals today — — and you'll find that question pop up whenever Mae West is mentioned — — I don't believe these are any better or any worse than they used to be. They're only discussed more openly now.
• • Loose morals today? After what we've been through, you'd be lucky to find a loose nickel!
• • This has been excerpt eee. This was the continuation and the conclusion of Chapter #1.
• • NOTE: This is the 1st chapter of Mae West's life story as told to Leicester Wagner, United Press.  This syndicated series was reprinted in American newspapers during September 1934.
• • On Saturday, 28 October 1933 • •
• • "Miss West in Her Victorious Course," an article in Boston Herald on Saturday, 28 October 1933, described the box office brouhaha in Beantown caused by "I'm No Angel." Crowds rushing to secure tickets reminded a local journalist of a "run on the neighboring bank."
• • On Tuesday, 28 October 1941 • •
• • On Tuesday, 28 October 1941, Hollywood columnists broke the story that Mae West was seeking a divorce. The Courier Mail (Brisbane) ran the piece on the front cover.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Miss West's new picture tells the story of Tira, a million dollar carnival beauty, who "shimmies" her way Into the minds and hearts of the boys of the small towns.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "My pianist — — I never could remember his name. I always introduced him as Harry Rikeman, or Reekman, or Rachman, so we decided to give him a name I couldn't forget: Richman. He's known everywhere now — — Harry Richman, King of the Vagabond Songsters."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Australian paper mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West Seeks Divorce" • • 
• • HOLLYWOOD, October 28 — — Mae West, the film star, announced to-day that she was filing a suit for divorce against Frank Wallace, to whom she was married in 1911. The action will be a cross-complaint to Wallace's suit for separate maintenance. —  A.A.P. 
• • Photo: The ex-husband of Mae West, whom she married in Minneapolis in April 1911, Frank Wallace. At the time of their wedding, the bride, age 18, was touring with Frank Wallace in burlesque in a show called "A Florida Enchantment."
• • Source: Item rpt  in The Courier-Mail (Brisbane); published on Wednesday, 29 October 1941 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th anniversary • •
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past twelve years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,500 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started twelve years ago in July 2004.
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